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Pew: US Becoming a Second-Rate Power

Friday, 29 Jul 2011 09:11 AM

A recent study from Pew Research shows that in most regions of the world, the U.S. image now faces a new challenge: doubts about America's superpower status, even though opinion of the United States continues to be more favorable than it was in the Bush years.

In 15 of 22 nations, the balance of opinion is that China either will replace or already has replaced the United States as the world's leading superpower.

This view is especially widespread in Western Europe, where at least six-in-ten in France (72 percent), Spain (67 percent), Britain (65 percent) and Germany (61 percent) see China overtaking the U.S.

Majorities in Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Mexico and China itself also foresee China supplanting the U.S. as the world's dominant power, according to the study. Notably, by an almost 2-to-1 margin the Chinese still believe the U.S. is the world's dominant economic power.

In most countries for which there are trends, the view that China will overtake the United States has increased substantially over the past two years, including by 10 or more percentage points in Spain, France, Pakistan, Britain, Jordan, Israel, Poland and Germany.

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Among Americans, the percentage saying that China will eventually overshadow or has already overshadowed the U.S. has increased from 33 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2011.

In other parts of the globe, fewer are convinced that China is the world's leading economic power. Majorities or pluralities in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America still name the United States as the world's dominant economic power.

In the Middle East, Palestinians and Israelis agree that America continues to sit atop the global economy, while in Jordan and Lebanon more see China in this role.

CNBC reports that some advisors believe the partisan infighting over raising the debt ceiling has damaged the U.S. image in China.

“They think this is totally crazy and like a bunch of kids in a schoolyard,” said David Riedel of Riedel Research, referring to a conversation he had with a high-ranking government official with the city of Beijing.

“They can’t believe we would jeopardize how much value U.S. assets have in terms of safety and security over political bickering.”

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